iExplore Southern Germany Experience

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $4,104
  • Length: 7 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Europe, Germany
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Tour Description

Welcome to Germany! Experience Southern Germany's highlights on this exciting 7-day private program. Begin in Munich and explore the Old Town with its fantastic shops, markets and bustling beer halls. Tour the Bavarian countryside by private car and visit the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II's country retreat at Linderhof. Then, on to Frankfurt- a pleasant mix of old world charm and a busy commercial center. See the Gothic buildings and the houses and museums devoted to Germany's most famous poet and finally, enjoy a private tour of the Rhine Valley and a short cruise on Germany's famous river.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Munich

Upon arrival at the Munich airport (flight not included in tour cost) you will be welcomed to Germany by your DMC representative in the arrivals hall and privately transferred to your hotel where you will be assisted with check-in procedures.

Your local representative is part of a unique network of one of over 75 on the ground representatives throughout Europe to ensure your vacation operates smoothly and to your absolute satisfaction. Your local representative is there to ensure that your travel arrangements run perfectly.  He/she is on the end of the phone for you should you have any queries and is there to assist you.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

You will be confirmed for 3 nights at The Charles Hotel in a Classic Double/Twin Room, inclusive of buffet breakfast. Please note that official check-in time is 3.00pm.  If your arrival is before this time we will request early check-in on your behalf however this cannot be guaranteed.

The Charles Hotel

Day 2:  Munich

Today your local English-speaking guide will accompany you on a 3-hour walking tour through the compact Old Town center with its multitude of fantastic shops, markets and always busy beer halls such as the "Hofbrauhaus" that Munich is so famous for.  See the Karlsplatz fountain, the Frauenkirche - Munich's Cathedral, as well as the Marienplatz with the New Rathaus and its chiming clock, playing daily at 11:00 am and noon (and also 5:00 pm between March - October).

The Charles Hotel (B)

Day 3:  Munich – Bavarian countryside – Munich

After breakfast you will set off with your driver-guide into the Bavarian countryside (9 hours). When touring by private car, we use an experienced driver-guide who will give commentary en-route although generally they are not permitted within the museums and certain historical sites.

Begin your tour at Neuschwanstein Castle. Due to its magical beauty it attracts many visitors from near and far, and is best visited early before it gets too busy. Looking more like a stage set than a real palace, it is no wonder Walt Disney used it as the model for Sleeping Beauty's Castle and later the Disneyland castle itself. Its construction almost brought Bavaria to bankruptcy and Ludwig's early death in the lake is rumored to be closely connected with this. Do try to find time to walk to the Marienbrucke (Mary's Bridge) crossing a deep, narrow gorge. From this vantage point you have the best and probably most photographed views of this stunning fairytale castle. (Please note this visit is NOT suitable for anyone with walking problems).  You will also see Ludwig II's country retreat at Linderhof.  The Rococo styling of the Schloss Linderhof is said to have been styled by Versailles, Paris. After sightseeing, return to your hotel.

The Charles Hotel (B)

Day 4:  Munich – Frankfurt

Today you will be privately transferred to the Munich train station with your Akorn Representative. Second class train tickets will be reserved for you on the fast train to Frankfurt. Upon arrival you will be met by your local representative, privately transferred to your hotel and assisted with check-in procedures.

You will be confirmed for 3 nights at the Villa Kennedy in a Classic King/Twin Room, inclusive of buffet breakfast.

Villa Kennedy (B)

Day 5:  Frankfurt

Today you will enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of Frankfurt with your English-speaking guide.  Frankfurt is a pleasant mix of old world charm and a busy commercial centre.  Your tour will include the historic heart of the city Romberg Square with its Gothic buildings.  You will also visit Goeth's House and Museum, devoted to Germany's most famous poet. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Villa Kennedy (B)

Day 6:  Frankfurt Rhine Valley Frankfurt

Today you will enjoy full day sightseeing (10 hours) along the Rhine Valley with your English-speaking driver-guide and private vehicle.  Stop in Rudesheim, the Rhine Valley's capital of wine production where your local English-speaking guide will meet you for a two-hour tour.  See Bromserburg Castle which was built more than 1000 years ago by the Knights of Rudesheim. The Rhine narrows dramatically near the town of St. Goar, funnelling its waters into treacherous fast-flowing currents and eddies. According to the legend of the Loreley, a 400-foot-high rock that protrudes from the river just outside St. Goarshausen, so many boats were wrecked that people began saying that a bewitching water nymph with golden tresses inhabited the rock and lured sailors to their watery grave by her beauty and strange songs. Enjoy a short public boat cruise along the Rhine from Boppard or Kamp Bornhofen past the Loreley Rock.

Villa Kennedy (B)

Day 7:  Depart Frankfurt

You will be privately transferred to Frankfurt Airport today (flight not included in tour cost).

End of Services- Bon Voyage!

*** THIS IS A PROPOSAL ONLY AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT THE TIME OF CONFIRMATION. WE ARE NOT HOLDING ANY SPACES FOR THIS ITINERARY AT THIS TIME. ***

Departures

Depart any day! Contact iExplore for details.

Pricing Information

2013 Southern Germany Program Price per Person (USD)

One person traveling alone

$8972

Two ppl sharing one double/twin room

$4104

Inclusions

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Accommodation in Classic Room(s) at The Charles Hotel, Munich
  • Accommodation in Classic Room(s) at the Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt
  • Private transport where stated by VW Passat (or similar) in Munich and Mercedes E class (or similar) in Frankfurt for 1-2 people and VW Caravelle (or similar) for 4 people. Please note that the vehicle provided allows for two pieces of luggage per person. For additional luggage, larger vehicles can be provided for a supplementary cost
  • Second class train tickets from Munich to Frankfurt
  • Qualified local guides for stated tours on days two and five and partially on day six
  • Driver-guide for services on days three and six
  • Entrance fees to all stated sights and museums in the itinerary
  • The services of a local representative to meet the clients at Munich airport upon arrival, station assistance in Munich and Frankfurt, telephone monitoring at each hotel and reconfirmation of all services in advance of the guests’ arrival
  • Welcome pack (one per room)
  • All taxes
  • 24 hour emergency contact service

Exclusions

  • All air travel and associated costs
  • All meals EXCEPT breakfast
  • Any visas and related costs
  • Entrance fees not stated in the itinerary
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature (e.g. beverages, telephone calls, laundry All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Supplementary Charges

Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt has different weekday and weekend rates. The listed costs are based on the least expensive days of the week which are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. For stays that overlap onto a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or a Thursday night, a net supplementary charge of EUR 99 per room per night will apply all year around.

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